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THE LEGISTS 'Kyi* TIGATING COMMITTEE AT ITS FIRST SESSION IX THE ALDERMEN'S CHAMBEB OF THE CITY HAT. I.
CHARLES E. HUGHES.
Counsel.
GAS LIGHT TURNED ON.
BOOKS TO BE OPENED.
Consolidated Officials Admit 3/o
mopoly to Legislative Committee.
TMrty-alx million dollars of New-York Gas
I sctrie Usllt, H< ! Mid Power Company's
0 t to have been ad led to the $8,200,000
of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company,
the fact thnt the Edison stock j^as
: by the power company, and
nfed and included in the $36,000,000.
Sew-Yorfc Bdiaon Company then started
ntly to issue 945£00.G00 of ?to«-k, and by
consolidation acquired property owned by the
illuminating."
jhjv* vo S part of ■ statement made by Charles
E. Hashes, counsel for the Legislative Gas In
tee, after the committee's
: y in the alderrnanic cham
the City Hall.
"Do you mean." Mr. Hughes was asked by a
reporter, 'that the stock was watered?"
"You may draw your own conclusions," said
Air. Hughes.
"Of course," he added, "it is probable that
some explanation may develop later."
Jam*! A. Bennett, the treasurer of the Con-
Bolidat»fl Gas Company, testified that no divi
dends had been received to his knowledge by
the Consolidated company on either common
stock of the Amsterdam Gas Company or
the New- York Edison Company.
The sessions will be resumed at 10 a. m. to
day. . .
Apart from certain remarkable testimony
given as to the history, methods and constitu-
Tlpr) rt ***** Qnr!«o>idaXf».l Gas.. Company. th« open
ing session "was chiefly notable J&C-sbme' lively
fkirmUtW ueXWeeifCTHTrleß FT M a'tthe'wson. the
I (Ja.« Compary'f attorney, and Mr.
Hughes and Senator Stevens, the chairman of
Ihe committee.
When in the morning Benjamin A. Whiteley,
assistant treasurer of the Consolidated, failed
to recall certain figures, requested by Mr.
HugheE, Mr. Mathewson quickly rose in his
seat and declared that there were certain facts
that the company, though -willing to disclose
••:>-, did iiot srjab to make public. He
suggested an executive session. The suggestion
ron:ptly quashed by Senator Stevens.
'"There will be DO executive sessions of the
1 said the Senator.
Mr. Hughes insisted that the detailed figures
■arc .: eoeaamry for the purposer of tba inves-
Then Mr.* Bennett, the treasurer,
who subsequently referred Mr. Hughes to
K. A. Carter, ;l". p secretary, for neces
ation. wa^ put on the witness stand.
He, too. wben a.-ke-i to tell exactly just how
. of the New-Amsterdam Gas Com
pany (aa Company owned,
•ras stri ken v. ith a Fuducn attack of mental
I again Mr. Mathewson objected to
fins it was not fair for the com
ibtfan its private business affairs.
ires arc- absolutely necessary," per-
Mr. Hold
"The books can be r.roduced at the afternoon
mill Mr. Mathewuon.
• decides it is nut best
tW- figur- s it becomes merely a
I is all."
DarfßftT reeeaa Mr. Mathewaon apparently suf
fered a chance of heart, and before the commit
k be announced that
ii could have what figures it desired.
he said last night, "ha 6 noth
ing to conceal, and we have no fears of what the
111 be."
More than a hundred witnesses have been
■OBUDoaed by the committee, including, it is
paid, Charles F. Murphy, who will be asked to
explain Urn New-York Contracting and Truck-
Ing Company's fls.oo<>.oUo Astoria gas contract.
Assemblyman Palmer, leader of the Demo
cratic minority in the Assembly, was the only
absent member of the committee. This was not
unexpected.
ale Chamber was comfortably
filjtd when Stevens opened the proceed
ock.
~-r W. Sehurman and G. T. Kirby, will
■as. ..f his rirm. were associ - •
Mr. Hugh's In the inquiry, as was S
Flemi!.*,'. John A. Garrer, of Sfc ai
man & Sterling, and Mr. Matthewson repre
sented the Consolidated Gas Company, Henry J.
Hemmens and S. a. .Beardsley. of Beardsley &
HeJtmens, the New-York Edison Company. Will
iam N. Dykman the Brooklyn Union Gas Com
pany, T. L. Wells, of Shcehan & Collin, the
Kings County Electric Company, and William
I>. Guthiie and Paul D. ' Cravath the Mutual
Gas Company. John G. Milburn and Melville
Eggleston entered appearances as representing
the Empire Subway Company.
r : Contrary to general expectation, there were
Jess than a dozen spectators in the gallery, and
only a few of the Udermen's chairs were oc
cupied. The committee sat at the desk usually
occupied by the aldermen's clerks.
Mr. Hughes began by reading the act of
IV*> providing for the incorporation : of the
New-York HutusJ Gas Light Company. This.
a Mr. Hughes read it, provided that where
tne profits, alu-r all expense were paid, ex
ce-ded 10 per tent of the whole capital stock.
me freest must be divided, half to the con-
Jntl of gas and half to the holders,
no were tl so consumers of its «««. Failure
iJ co&crve the provision, the law made a raia
".T.casor-purishawe „.. men*. Tbe
<>iifiiiuti| on third |»»c»".
SAVANNAH AND RETURN.
Ji>ilf«* Van n U)e J Ocean. I>IW rates. Lctrce new
*. Kor $££?&£**<*- Savannah Linf? Pier
Tomorrow. tJ^tS? Z&STISZ™*. «*«*. NEW" YORK, FRIDAY. MARCH 31. 1905. -FOURTEEN PAGES-^T^r.^,
SENATOR THOMAS F. QRADY.
NEW HOME FOR ARTS CLUB
GRAMERCY PARK SITE.
Samuel J. Tildcn House Selected
for Studio Building.
The recent purchase by the National Arts
Club of the Samuel J. Tilden house, Nos. 14
and 15 Gramercy Park, Involves a co-operative
movement which, it may be authoritatively
announced, will include in all an expenditure of
$500,000. A new and ingenious combination is
proposed by the club. While there have been
clubs before, studio buildings and rooms for
organization work, never before, it is asserted,
has there been a proposition to combine them
in a way that will be mutually beneficial.
It is the purpose of the organizers of the
movement to erect a studio building, with all
modern conveniences, and at the same time have
it in direct connection with the gallery and
an art club in the membership of which
are to be found many of the city's best known
connoisseurs. In the studio building there will
be rooms specially arranged for affiliated socle
ties. The organizers feel confident that In bring
ing these factors together they will materially
advance the interests of each. The National
Arts Club believes it will have in the old Tilden
mansion an ideal building for such a purpose.
Practically the only changes made will be the
rearrangement of the basement into a cafe, ex
clusively for men. On the main floor will be the
common assembly rooms, reading and writing
rooms. In the rear the gallery will occupy the
space in the extension between, the two build
ings. The restaurant and kitchen will have
facilities ihOT^usMy^u^r to. '•• On V4pee<-o<.*s:
actor th? women will have reception' rooms, tea
rooms or sitting rooms exclusively for their
use. There will be ample accommodations for
the library, as it is well known that ex-Gov
ernor Tilden arranged his house with the ex
pectation that it -would be the final home of the
library -which he gave to the city.
Many more rooms will be at the disposition
of the club, as the Tilden mansion alone is vast
ly larger than the present accommodations of
the club in West 34th-st. It was this lack
of adequate facilities and the rapid change of
34th-st. to a purely business i street that led the
governors to secure this property on Gramercy
Park. It : will, of course, be necessary to retain
both properties while changes and building are
going on. It Is the present intention eventually
to use the 34th-st. properties as galleries for
more important exhibitions and rooms for
members of the club who prefer this location for
business reasons.
Regarding this scheme, Frederick S. Lamb,
chairman of the building committee of the Na
tional Arts Club, said yesterday:
We cannot see how the proposition as pre
pared by the building comm'ttee and accepted
unanimously by the board of governors can
possibly fail. The location on Gramercy Park
is ideal", quiet, refined, with the homelike quality
so much needed in this busy city of New-York.
In the Tilden mansion we have an historic
building so arranged as to lend itself admirably
to the purposes of an art club.
There will be, fortunately, sufficient space for
us to have representative work in all lines of art
expression, prints, etchings. faTence, fine specl
ments of rtixmsso. In fact, besides the regular
picture exhibitions in the galleries, there is suf
ficient siace in thp club building itself to have
minor exhibitions.
The 6tudio building in U»th-Pt. will be so
placed as to have the north studio windows
toward Gramercy Park. Thus the artist will be
assured that his light is forever protected. The
studios will have a Gramercy Park entrance
as well as a 19th-st. entrance. The galleries also
can be entered by a special entrance on 19th-st.
as well as from the clubhouse. We are in re
ceipt of endless congratulations on the proposi
tion as formulated.
CADETS RESCUED FROM ICE CAKE.
West Pointers Have Narrow Escape from
Death in the Hudson.
Pmißkwpsie. H. V., March 30.— Three venturesome
V ««t Point cadets probably owe their livos to the
>ffi ' -»rs and members of the crew of the steamer
P ;:ikeeps!<* of the Central Hudson Steamboat
■ Ttny's line. The steamer plies on the route be
n this city and New- York, and on the last trip
. :i the pilot saw a fire in the middle of the river
IT West Point. The boat was stopped and nty
pr inched the light gradually.
1 nree frightened cadets were then taken from a
large cake of ice. being hauled aboard the steamer
with ropes, after which they were landed at
Cranston's. The three cadets started across the
river in a rowboat. The boat was crushed by float
ing ice, and they eought refug* on a large cake.
They attracted the attention of the crew of the
Poughkeepsie by setting flre to their undergar
ments, which had been removed.
rREPARE FOR IMMIGRANTS IN SOUTH.
Plans to Build a Second Castle Garden at
New-Orleans.
[ET TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBC.VB.J
New-Orleans, March 30.— The Southern Railway
and the "Frisco have united In a plan to build a
second Castle Garden at their Joint terminals at
Palmette, just below this city. L. S. Berg, tne local
representative of the two companies, will go to
N'-w-York the latter part of this week to settle
upon the plans for the big immigrant station, and
also to decide upon the rental which Is to bo
charged the government for its use.
The two roads concerned say that they have re
ceived assurances from a number of the principal
transatlantic lines that aa soun aa the station is'
completed they will divert a large part of their im
migrant business from Southern European points
ta New-Orleans. The present plan, which is to be
j,ut in execution at one«, is approved by Commis
sioner of Immigration Sargent, t
SENATOR A. R- PAGE
PLANS OF THE RAPID TRANSIT COMMISSION.
Subways and elevated lines td^ost $200,000,000.
Construction to begin within one year.
Four four-track lines from The Bronx to the Battery.
Routes are laid down so as to prevent a monopoly.
Crosstown lines for either cars or moving platforms in 59th, 34th, 23d and 14th sts.
Four-track subway from East New-York, connecting with the Williamsburg Bridge,
and continuing under Delancey-st. to the proposed Brooklyn Bridge terminal, con
necting the bridges.
Subways for 4th, Gates. Bedford, Lafayette ayes. and Eastern Parkway. Brooklyn.
A subway connecting Beekman-st. with Montague and Court sts., Brooklyn.
Extensions of the elevated in The Bronx to Van Cortlandt Park, Woodlawn, Wake
field and West Chester villages.
(For details of Commission's plans see page 10.)
AN EQUITABLE DEADLOCK.
MEETING AT MIDNIGHT.
Crivmhu Policyholders' Committee
Noil- Divided on Mutualization.
The stir caused by the mutualization plan re
cently adopted by the directors of the Equita
ble Life Assurance Society and the charges
made by Senator Brackett alleging mismanage
ment of funds, particularly by Vice-President
James H. Hyde, in nowise abated yesterday.
On the contrary, there wore- developments which
tended to show that another decisive step in
the affairs of the company is pending. The
John D. Crimmins committee of pollcyhold-rs
held two meetings, which were far from r>e»i ■-
harmonious, and another is scheduled for :
There is a disposition on the part of some
members of the committee to let matters rest
as they are and take no further action toward
forcing a plan of mutualization which would
take away the control of Vice-Presldent Hyde
at once. Others wish to pursue the original pro
gramme, which is to ask for legislative enact
ment to force another plan of mutualization. At
present there is apparently a deadlock, the
forces seemingly being equally divided.
Thf second meeting was held last night be
hind closed doors on the second floor of John
D. Crimmine's home, No. 40 East »ißth-st. It
lasted an hour and thirty minutes. Prank H.
Platt arrived in a hansom, E. W. Blooming
dale came in an electric four wheeler and the
other eommitteemen arrived on foot. The others
present at the meeting were John D. Crimmins,
Henry Morgenthau and Charles B. Hubbell.
John D. Crimmins occupied the chair. The
meeting began at 8:40 o'clock. After a long dis
cussion, at which loud voices could sometimes
be heard from the street, the meeting 1 reached
an abrupt end at I<>:H) o'clock. All the mem
bers left the house hurriedly, some afoot and
some in cabs. Mr. Crimmins himself left his
own home in his carriage when the others did.
He declined positively to see any newspaper
men or to discuss thu situation.
Mr. Hubbell told a Tribune reporter that the
meeting had been harmonious, but that as Fran
cis Hendricks, the State Superintendent of In
surance, had not attended the meeting the mem
bers were unable to reach any satisfactory
conclusions. It was agreed, he said, that there
should be another meeting at Xo. 15 Broad-st.
this morning. Further than that he would not
say, nor would any of the others talk on the
subject.
No sooner had the members of the committee
reached Madison-aye. than they took a car to
54th-st., where they all alighted and went to
the home of Bainbridge Colby, at No. 41 East
54th-at., to hold another meeting:, for Mr. Colby
is of the law firm of Alexander & Colby, and is
the personal counsel of James W. Alexander.
This meeting lasted an hour, ending just be
fore 12 o'clock. The conferrees hastened to
their homes, refusing to talk.
At the Fifth Avenue Hotel it was said last
night that rooms had been reserved for Mr.
Hendricks and that he was expected at any
moment. He had not arrived at midnight.
MEETING OF CRIMMINS COMMITTEE.
The pollcyholders' committee of which John
D. Crimmins is chairman held yesterday after
noon a two-hour session, beginning at 2:30
o'clock. There is reason to believe that the
discussion was vigorous, and even heated, al
though no account of the proceedings In the
committee room could be obtained from any of
the conferrees. According to the current rumor,
Mr. Crimmins and most, if not all, of his fel
low eommitteemen have decided that it is ad
visable not to press further the fight which
they have been waging against the Hyde pla,i
of Bemi-mutualization, under which Vice-
President Hyde would continue for four years
to control an actual majority of the beard of
directors; and Frank H. Platt, the committee's
counsel, remains practically alone in opposition
to that plan. It is intimated that it is not un
likely that Mr. Platt may soon be superseded
as counsel.
Mr. Crlmmlns and Mr. Morgenthau w\ a the
first to leave the meeting. Mr. Crimmlns's face
was flushed and he appeared considerably
aroused over something. He declined to talk
and referred, questioners to E. J. Esselstyn. the
secretary. Later others referred every one to
Mr. Platt, who was the last to leave the con
ference room. He would say only that another
meeting would be held at 8:30 o'clock. It is
understood that Francis Hendricks, the Super
intendent of Insurance, was present at . the
committee's afternoon meeting.
Mr. Crlmmins said, before the meeting- of his
committee, that he did not know that Superln-
Contiaaed on second paffew
SENATOR F. C. STEVENS.
Chairman.
ATTACK ON DR. MACKAY.
BRANDED AS A HERETIC.
lowa Jiinisters Characterise His
View* as Unorthodox.
The Rev. Dr. Donald Sage Mackay, pastor of
the Collegiate Church, has been branded as a,
heretic by a number of the Western ministers
of the Reformed Church in America, to which
the Collegiate Church belongs. The protest,
which came from the lowa Classis of the Re
formed Church, was as follows:
In view of the fact that In "The Christian Intelli
gencer" of February 1, 11*05, we find an article writ
ten by the Rev. Dr. D. S. Mackay. which article
especially the matter included in Clause 3— de
cidedly against jar Reformed doctrine; in view of
i*.rv^T.-tiu.-thfl.t* 'Mr r*wy*ing -txt such -article ■ must
n«^4A..>r«.lS' 'tear «Vil i. sul.i-, i."tvi*Mi>rtr. .r." ■ "
Resolved. That we, as the Claasis of lowa, ex
press our indignation and regret to find such a con
tribution in a paper which represents our Reformed
Church, and that we, as classis. feel ourselves
obliged to withdraw our moral and financial support
from said paper if we cannot recommend it to our
Reformed families as containing solid and orthodox
literature.
The article to which exception is taken is the
substance of a sermon delivered by the Rev.
Dr. Mackay in which he gives what seem to
THE RKV. DR. DONATED SAGE MACKAY.
Accused of heresy by the lowa ClasstS of the Re
formed Church.
him to be reasons for an apparent growing In
ability of men to believe In a personal God.
Commenting on the action of the Classis of
lowa, "The Christian Intelligencer" protests
against it, and says editorially:
That Dr. Mackay used ii\ the sermon of which
the article was a condensation some unguarded
expressions in describing the doctrinal attitude of
the "Wee Free Church of Scotland" may be con
ceded, but the inference that h'- intended to deny
any doctriie of cur standards we regard as alto
gether unwarranted.
Dr. Mackay yesterday expressed his surprise
at the feeling which has been stirred up, and
said:
I made brief mention of the matter In my sermon
last Sunday morning, because of the action of the
lowa Classis. I quoted to my congregation this ex
tract from a ' Scotch theologian, of the . type to
which 1 drew attention in the previous sermon:
4- Th«- godly husband shall say amen to the damna
tion of his wife; the godly parents shall sing halle
lujah at the passing of sentence of death against
their only, child: the podly child shall approve the
damnation of his wicked parents— the father who
begat him and the mother who bore him." "If the
lowa Clasßig indorses that type of theology," I
said, "as the theology of the Reformed Church in
America to-day." I am ready to step out of my
pulpit to-morrow. I would rather, break stones by
the roadside- than preach such a caricature of the
love of God." ■
Dr. Mackay said he had been informed, that
the true inwardness of the lowa action is to be
found in a church quarrel. It was learned last
night from an officer of one of the local Reformed
churches that the Classis of lowa, while but a
small body compared with the Eastern classes,
nevertheless represents the conservative element
In the old Dutch Church. The Incident is in
Itself too small, in the opinion of this layman,
to lead to a heresy trial.
T. E. WATSONS DAUGHTER ILL.
Fear That She May Not Recover from Over
dose of Morphine.
Augusta, Ga., March 30.— Miss Agnes Watson,
daughter of Thomas E. Watson.' Is In a serious
condition ob the result of an accidental overdoao
of morphine, taken, at the home of a friend In
Athens, Ga.. where, she la visiting In the absence
of her father from th« State. Suffering Intense
pain from the extraction of a tooth, she took three
doses of the drug:, and soon was In a state of coma.
Physicians who attended her Hay the dose was
three times too great for safety. Late to-night Misa
Watson regained consciousness, but the physicians
•ay her chance for recovery is poor.
ASSEMBLYMAN E. A. MERRILL. ASSEMBLYMAN J. K. APGAR.
SUBMIT GIFT QUESTION.
PROTESTANTS ACTIVE
Rockefeller Present Referred to Min
isters of Country.
Boston, March 30.— Despite the fact that the
prudential committee of the American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions has prac
tically decided to accept the gift of $100,000
'from John D. Rockefeller, to further the work
of the board, a committee representing the Con
gregational clergymen of Boston and its vicinity,
who are opposed to the acceptance of the gift,
met to-day and decided to continue the protest.
It was agreed by the members of the committee
that a wide expression of opinion on the ques
tion was desirable, and for this purpose a com
mittee was appointed to submit the facts and
documents in the matter to the Congregational
ministers of the country. The prudential com
mittee will not take final action on the accept
ance of Mr. Rockefeller's gift, for two weeks, and
it is the intention of the, protesting committee to
leant, if possible, the general feeling among the
clergymen of the denomination.
To-day's meeting, which was private, was
held at the rooms of the Twentieth Century
Club, and was attended by fifteen members of
the committee. To-night the following state
ment regarding the proceedings was issued by
the Rev. Herbert W. Gleason, secretary of the
Protestants' committee:
The committee considered the reply of the
prudential committee to the protest, and were
a unit in the conviction that this reply raises a
still more fundamental and serious issue, name
ly, that the prudential committee disclaims all
moral responsibility for .discrimination <ts to
tb,«» sources from which., they Twelve money for
Christian work. For this, reason it seemed to
the committee all the more necessary to main
tain the protest. Therefore, since the pruden
tial committee has deferred final action for two
weeks, in order that as wide an expression of
opinion as possible might be made upon the
issue, a committee was appointed to submit the
facts and documents in the matter to. the Con
gregational ministers of the country. This com
mittee was instructed to confer with the pru
dential committee and endeavor to secure, If
possible, their co-operation in this action.
Dr. Washington Gladden, of Columbus. Ohio,
and President William J. Tucker, of Dartmouth
College, were in communication with the mi
mittee by telegram and letter. President Tuck*
er wrote in part as follows:
In regard to the general position taken by the
defenders of the action of the prudential com
mittee In accepting Mr. Rockefeller's gift, that a
missionary organization has no right to discrim
inate In regard to money received, lest it passed
unwarranted judgment upon the business meth
ods of the donor, I take issue at once. The ac
ceptance by the American Board of a gift from
this source, under the present conditions, must
mean one of two things. Either the board be
lieves that the business methods Involved are
correct, or that they are a matter of moral in
difference so far as the reception of the money
is concerned For one, Ido not like to see the
American Board take either one of these posi
tions. Such action hurts the conscience of the
coming generation more than that of the gen
eration which is passing. It is not an incentive
to missionary zeal. ■
No organization sot to the high and lasting
ends. of Christian service can allow itself to be
thought Indifferent to the moral issues of the
day, whenever these issues are necessarily af
fected by its action.
Stormy Scenes in Gaynor Case —
Taschereau Defies Judge.
[BY TELEGRAPH TO THE TUtBITNE.]
Montreal, March 30.— Turbulent soenes and
violent outbursts of temper on the pati of the
opposing counsel characterized to-day's session
of the court in the (iaynor and Greene case.
No progress was made and the inquiry was ad
journed until Anril 10 at the request of the
defence, to enable an examination of the several
large volumes of testimony taken before Com
mission* r Shields In New- York.
The lie was passed between Mr. Taschereau.
defending the American contractors, and Don
ald Mac-Master, acting for the United States
government and the Dominion government, and
a dispute, the outgrowth of persistent interrup
tions on the part of the former lawyer, took
a threatening aspect, until Judge Lafontatne In
tervene d.
Judge Lafontaine took exception to a remark
of Mr. Taschereau, who characterized the pro
ceedings as a farce. "You are liable to indict
,'TL-nt for contempt," said the court. Mr. Tasoh
ereau jumped to his feet and defied the judge
to commit him, uddlng that the court would
tliirt that it had made a mistake in threatening
the counsel for the defence. Just as the court
. Ijourned Mr. Taschereau turned and, address
ir g the bench, said: "I shall t<e at my hotel
until I<> to-night if you honor wishes to exe
cute your threat."
TWO SMALL HEIRESSES KIDNAPPED.
Belatives Said to Have Taken Professor's
Children to Secure $500,000 Estate.
Denver, March 30.— "The Republican" to-day says
that dispatches from Morgantown, W. Va.. say
Sarah and Mary Hartigan. aged flve and eleven
years, daughters of Dr. William Haitian, a well
known surgeon and professor In the University of
West Virginia, have been kidnapped und brousht
to Denver.
A legal battle for th.- custody Of the little ones
Is promised, is large financial interests are at
stake. The father Is determined he shall secure the
children. Certain relatives of the late Mrs. Uarti
uan are just as determined that the children shall
be taken away from the father. An estate valued
at fcOO.GOO is the bone. of contention. The little
ones, who were spirited away from their father's
home, will share in Into estate.
This Is the second -ime these children have been
kidnapped from their father.
LIE PASSED IN COURT.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
ASSEMBLYMAN' G. B. AGN'KW.
SIGNS ol COMING BATTLE.
SEVERAL SHARP ACTIONS.
Linevitch Issue* Appeal to Troop* —
Japanese Reinforced.
Harbin. M? •"■ 30.— Japanese scouting parties
are actively endeavoring to pierce the screen of
the Russian vanguard posts and develop the
disposition and strength of the positions, their
attempts at times verging -n reoonnoissances in
force. A few Japanese batteries which have
pushed far forward occasionally drop Shimose
shells in suspected places.
Yesterday there was a smart brush whera
General Mist- henko is stationed, the Japanese
pressing forward in a determined endeavor to
learn the dispositions in this qua~ The
Russians rebelled the advance without v. over
ing their dispositions. There were insignincant
Aside from these reconnoissances, affairs are
generally qui3t on the southern positions.
Chinese say that heavy Japane= reinforce
ments are constantly- arriving.
Late fighting has shown the admirable nature
of Japanese methods of gathering information.
Every Infantry detachment, when moving to
attack or occupying a new ' position, car a
reel of telephone wire connected with a 1 ::t<.
in the support, and the effects of fire and the
movement of troops are speedily reported from
the most advanced lines.
Harbin, which was greatly excited during th<»
Russian retreat, is quieter since the Russian
troops halted.
; ;<. ..- ,
St. Petersburg. March .*».- General Lineviteh
has issued the. following address to his troops: !
The Emperor has been pleased to appoint me
commander-in-chief of the Manchurian armies.
In many battles, those of the Rivers Shakhe
and Hun. at Poutlloff and Novgorod Hills, at
the front at Kandolesan and Gangu passes, and
on the Moukden pcsftlons, you have most
bravely repulsed m-stm -st serious attacks by the
enemy and dealt enormous losses.
Let every man accomplish manfully his sacred
duty to the Emperor and the fatherland. The
enemy cannot hold out before Russian valor.
and reinforcements are coming unceasingly
from Russia.
May God help you In the coming battle.
A telegram from Sltjasa. Manchuria, under
to-day's date, says:
The Chinese report that a Japanese column,
which is probably carrying out a fl.ir.king move
ment, has h>=-t-!i seen twenty-aeren miles north
east of Sii>ingh:ii. seventy-four miles north of
Tie I 'ass.
Sdov has fallen hea lly here.
WAR COUNCIL FOR WAR.
Russia's Rulers Said to Haze Decided
to Continue Hostilities-.
St. Petersburg. March ."*»>.— lt is understood
that the imperial eoflsmssslaa under the presi
dency of Grand Duke Nichols Xieholaieviteh.
which h;is BMH considering the quest i
pmHtimllWa ( f»e war. has eomateted its prelim
inary report, which favors a < ontinuatlon of th?
war, finding nothing in the pn s.-nt situation,
cither financial or military, to prevent its prose
cution.
ARRESTS IN THE CAPITAL.
St. Petersburg Police Imprison Ter
rorist Leaders.
London, March 31.— Dispatches from St.
Peters!. urar to 'The Daily Mail" Mid "The
Standard" report several arrests of prominent
terrorists belonging to the inner, or "bomb."
section. According to "The Daily Mail's" dis
patch, one of the persons arrested is a wealthy
man named Zavitsky and two are women. One
of these latter is nam«*d Ivanovskaia. an an
archist, who had been vainly sought by the
police since the assassination ->f Emperor Alex
ander 11. and the other is a uirl named Leon
teeva, belonging to a prominent official family.
It is us.) plated, that th- ■:-.<? man ar
rested in Great Mor-M. ->n Thursday had been
watching the movements cf Governor General
Trepoff. Grand Duke Vladimir and the Minister
of the In;erior. M. Boaltgan.
LAND OWNERS IN PANIC.
Peasants Laying Kharkoff Waste —
Outbreak in Bessarabia.
Kharkoff. March »>.— The land owners of th*
government 61 Kharkoff are almost panic
stricken at the tpraad of rural disorders, and
many of them are flocking to the cities.
The peasants of the Bolachoa district. In the
government of Saratoff, are already discussing
division of the properties of the large proprte»
tors.
St. Pete.sburg. March 30.— A telegram from
Bachmut, Bessarabia, reports a peasant out
break at.Caseno against the German settlers
there. Tne peasants threaten to take possession
of the lands, Coss-ick3 have been hastily itsi
patched. •
j i inirosTOK s siege.
■ I Prepare Region's Defence*
— May Abandon Saghalii
Tokio. March :io.- interest in the war Is
partly .shifting eastward It la reportad that
the Rvsslans plan to abandon the Island of
fiaghullen when the harbors are tree of Ice*

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